10 Rarest Pokémon Cards in Chilling Reign

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The Pokémon Trading Card Game, or Pokémon TCG, is a collectible card game published in 1996 by Japanese publisher Media Factory. As of August 2022, there are 101 card sets released in America, including special sets.

The last released set is Sword & Shield – Lost Origin, but the more interesting set is the Chilling Reign from the same collection, released in June 2021. 

The Chilling Reign collection peeks into the frozen Crown Tundra in Sword & Shield, focusing on Legendary Pokémon, with rare versions of fan-favorite Generation I Pokémon cards. This set also brought back the popular Alternate Art card variants that used to be present in Battle Style expansion. 

This expansion has over 190 cards, which could be a valuable addition to any collection, but we are focusing on the rarest Pokémon cards from the Chilling Reign! 

10. Tornadus V

Rarity: Rare
Most Expensive Price: $150
Number: 185/198
Type: Flying
Tornadus V
photo source: eBay

Tornadus is a Flying-type Legendary Pokémon introduced in Generation V. This Pokémon doesn’t evolve into or from any other Pokémon. However, it has a second form by the name Therian Forme.

His original Forme is called Incarnate Forme, and one can transform him using the Reveal Glass. 

Tornadus is a part of the Forces of Nature, along with Thundurus, Enamorus, and Landorus, a quartet of myth genies. Tornadus is a rare Pokémon that is 100% male and considered a prankster in his Incarnate Forme. It has two purple, sharp horns on its head with purple spots all over its body.

Did you know?

Forces of Nature, also known as Legendary genies, were originally a trio before Enamorus was introduced. They are a part of the children’s folktale, in which the “Great Landorus” allegedly punished Tornadus and Thundurus for massive destruction across the land. Hence, people built him an honoring shrine. 


9. Galarian Slowking V

Rarity: Ultra-Rare
Most Expensive Price: $190
Number: 179/198
Type: Psychic/Poison
Galarian Slowking V
photo source: TCG

Slowking is a dual-type Psychic/Water Pokémon introduced in Generation II. This adorable bipedal Pokémon evolves from Slowpoke, but it can turn into a Psychic/Poison type Galarian Slowking in Sword and Shield patch.

Galarian Slowking has a Psychic-type spell called Eerie Spell which it uses to attack opponents. Slowking cards usually sell for less money but can cost up to $200 in mint condition. This card shows Slowking in a colorful realm of his powers, with 220 Hit Points.

Did you know?

Slowking turns into a Galarian Slowking when Shellder on top of its head bites him and causes a chemical reaction in the brain due to Galarica spices. Shellder is a Water-type Pokémon with a spiky, blue shell and an enormously long tongue to lure and capture its prey. It can survive on its own.


8. Shadow Rider Calyrex VMAX (Alternate Art)

Rarity: Secret Rare
Most Expensive Price: $215
Number: 205/198
Type: Psychic/Ghost
Shadow Rider Calyrex VMAX
photo source: TCG

Calyrex is a dual-type Psychic/Grass Legendary Pokémon from Generation VIII, with two other forms. It doesn’t evolve from or into another Pokémon, it can transform into Ice Rider Calyrex (Psychic/Ice) and Shadow Rider Calyrex (Psychic/Ghost), depending on the way it uses Reins of Unity. 

Shadow Rider Calyrex is a darker side of the Grass Pokémon with 320 Hit Points as Calyrex rides a neon-black horse. Calyrex is one of the few Pokémon who can communicate telepathically with humans in English. Ice Rider Calyrex is a Rare Rarity card, usually sold for less money. 

Did you know?

The game rejects the possibility of owning both Riders simultaneously, counting Calyrex as the one true form. Calyrex is the game mascot of The Crown Tundra, a second expansion in the Pokémon Sword and Shield Expansion pass. 


7. Galarian Articuno V (Alternate Full Art)

Rarity: Ultra-Rare
Most Expensive Price: $230
Number: 170/198
Type: Psychic/Flying
Galarian Articuno V
photo source: TCG

Galarian Articuno is a cruel, arrogant version of the Legendary Pokémon Articuno – a dual-type Ice/Flying Pokémon people got to know in Generation I. It has blue wings made of ice and a dark-blue crest on its forehead. Articuno has the power to control ice as it chills moisture in the air with wings. 

For the longest, fans believed that Articuno and its Galarian form are of the same evolution.

However, Galarian Articuno has a highly refined manner and crisp flaps of its wings, seemingly staying airborne through its powers, flapping his wings minimally. 

Did you know?

Freezing Glare is the signature move of Galarian Articuno, as he is the only known Legendary Pokémon capable of learning this move. Freezing Glare arrived in Generation VIII as a damage-dealing Psychic-type move with a ten percent chance of freezing the target. 


6. Golden Snorlax

Rarity: Secret Rare
Most Expensive Price: $230
Number: 224/198
Type: Normal
Golden Snorlax
photo source: Titan Cards

There are two other golden Pokémon of the same Secret Rate in Chilling Reign – Electrode and Bronzong, but Golden Snorlax is the most valuable card, with an estimated price of $240. This massive, blue-green mammal does not do much in the game, as his abilities include Immunity and Thick Fat. 

But even with this, Snorlax is one of the most loved Pokémon. It evolves from Munchlax with high friendship and loves to sleep in inconvenient locations.

Golden Snorlax shows a blue, shiny Snorlax in a golden background, the only Snorlax card in the Chilling Reign collection. 

Did you know?

Snorlax has a 25 percent rate of being found in the game. However, it needs to be awakened with music before that. It wakes up to eat, usually found in forests and mountains nodding off. It has outstanding power when necessary and is laid-back enough to let children and other Pokémon bounce on its stomach. 


5. Galarian Rapidash V (Alternate Full Art)

Rarity: Ultra-Rare
Most Expensive Price: $250
Number: 168/198
Type: Psychic/Fairy
Galarian Rapidash V
photo source: TCG

This Galarian transformation is probably the most remarkable Pokémon type transformation on our list. Rapidash is a Fire-type horse, while his other form Galarian Rapidash is a unique unicorn Pokémon with Fairy powers. The colors change from fire-orange to pastel pink and blue too. 

Rapidash evolves from Ponyta in Generation I, a very agile Pokémon with impressive racing power. The faster it goes, the longer the flames of its mane (flame-like hair) will become. Galarian Rapidash also channels its psychic power, developing sharp horns that can cut through metal. 

Did you know?

Some Pokémon fans believe that Galarian Rapidash doesn’t exist due to a different form of its precedent. Rapidash is a Fire Horse species, known as Kantonian Ponyta, while Galarian is a Unique Horn Pokémon – an almost impossible transformation. 


4. Galarian Moltres V (Alternate Art)

Rarity: Ultra-Rare
Most Expensive Price: $260
Number: 177/198
Type: Dark/Flying
Galarian Moltres V
photo source: TCG

Galarian Moltres V is a Darkness-type Basic Pokémon card, first released for the Chilling Reign expansion. This Pokémon was included in six English and seven Japanese Expansion packs. The Special Full Art print features artwork by a Japanese illustrator Shibuzoh

Moltres is a Fire/Flying type of Pokémon that arrived in Generation I, but it changes to the Galarian form in Generation VIII with a Dark/Flying style.

The Pokémon is similar to the Phoenix with its long, blowing tail and an orange head crest. It changes colors to red and black plum in Galarian form. 

Did you know?

This Alternate Art could sell for more money than the estimated price of $260, as some fans see it as the most sought-after Pokémon card from the Chilling Reign. Galarian Moltres cards with Rare Rarity go for $10-$30 on average, but some in mint condition could be more expensive. 


3. Blaziken VMAX (Alternate Art)

Rarity: Secret Rare
Most Expensive Price: $300
Number: 201/198
Type: Fire/Flying
Blaziken VMAX
photo source: Bleeding Cool

One of the rarest Chilling Reign cards is Blaziken VMAX – Alternate Art. Blaziken is a dual-type Fire Pokémon card, the final form of the cute chicken-like Pokémon Torchic. Blaziken arrived with Generation III, and it has a red body with yellow, gray, and beige accents. 

Concerning the cards, Blaziken has a couple of versions, with different Rarities and Estimated prices. Blaziken Alternate Art is the most expensive on every market for the cards, with an estimated price that goes beyond $300 – quite pricey for any collectible cards. 

Did you know?

The Blaziken VMAX Card was illustrated by a famous Japanese illustrator Shigenori Negishi, who illustrated only two cards for Chilling Reign – Blaziken Alternate Art and Crabominable, a fighting-type Pokémon card with Uncommon Rarity. 


2. Galarian Zapdos V (Alternate Full Art)

Rarity: Ultra-Rare
Most Expensive Price: $500
Number: 174/198
Type: Fighting/Flying
Galarian Zapdos V
photo source: TCG

The last Galarian transformation on our list is a dual-type Electric Legendary Pokémon introduced in Generation I. Zapdos doesn’t evolve into or from any other Pokémon, as it has a different form introduced in The Crown Tundra expansion. Zapdos, Articuno, and Moltres are Legendary birds of the Kanto region. 

Zapdos is an Electric-type Pokémon with complete control of electricity. Galarian, on the other hand, is stronger and has a thunderous kick.

The price of the Galarian Zapdos card is beyond some of the most expensive Pokémon cards, with usual prices being much lower. One of the rarest sold for $500. 

Did you know?

Zapdos changes its fur color in the transformation, downing red-orange fur with muscular legs. Galarian Zapdos is the only known Pokémon to learn Thunderous Kick, as it is his signature move.


1. Zeraora V (Alternate Full Art)

Rarity: Ultra-Rare
Most Expensive Price: $800
Number: 166/198
Type: Mystical/Electric
Zeraora V
photo source: TCG

The most valuable and rarest Pokémon card in Chilling Reign is the Zeraora V, which sold for $800 at the beginning of 2022. There are two PSA 10 Zeraora V cards that sold for big money, the second one going for $580. Zeraora is an Electric-type Mythical Pokémon introduced in Generation VII. It doesn’t evolve into/from anything.

Zeraora is a bipedal, feline Pokémon who can absorb voltage and manipulate electricity in attacks, the only Pokémon capable of learning the damage-dealing Electric-type move called Plasma Fits.

Zeraora V is a fan-favorite, beautifully designed card, with Zeraora standing over the snowy mountains – a unique collectible item that would increase the value of every collection.

Did you know?

The most expensive Pokémon card ever sold is The Pikachu Illustrator from 1998, which sold for $5,275,000 in 2021. This Holy Grail of Pokémon cards is the only PSA 10 Pokémon card known to exist. 

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